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Richard Morris

An unobtrusive showcase in Malibu

An unobtrusive showcase in Malibu

Creature comforts and creature sightings are the hallmarks of a sophisticated modern home that sits atop a bluff a stone's throw from the sea along a quiet stretch of the Malibu coast.

The one-story home was designed by Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus as the showcase property for MariSol Malibu, an 80-acre, 17-lot development just past the Ventura County line on land that was once part of Rancho Malibu. Pelicans, dolphins and the occasional gray whale are visible in the vast expanse of ocean that lies just beyond Pacific Coast Highway while deer, bobcats and the rare mountain lion wander down from the hills above.

Although not without its environmental detractors, MariSol...

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